The following had a little extra meaning to me in this journey. I personally didn't want to lose their memory. I didn't think to make this page until 2018 so there have been many more experiences I wished I'd kept but this is a start. There's no need for you to read through here but you are very welcome to.
This Jeep is worthy of a better photo shoot without a kift in the way but candidly, the shop is full of Jeeps waiting for this one to be finished and it's snowy outside.
I hope this Jeep takes good care of its new owner who gets to fly these apparently.
I understand it to be a Raptor. Update after the sale: I got to deliver this Jeep to the Colonel on his base and he and his family and staff treated me better than I deserve. Before I left I wanted to simply give him this jeep for his service and character. Just good people I didn't feel worthy to get to know.
A compliment to the above photo from a good fellow who sold me a very special Laredo listed. This is his father and his Corsair.
These are the people who's sacrifices make our freedoms possible. What an amazing set of pictures to be proud from.
Rot Free 1986 Jeep CJ7 Laredo to a caller before listed for sale
Original wheels, seats, front chrome bumper, umperettes, un cracked dash pad, all original sheet metal
Rot freee original steel floors without Rhino lining and beautiful original seats
Runs and drives great. Well enough I did most of the offroad Alpine loop with this Jeep in Colorado and the perimiter of the San Juans on pavement up to 13,000 feet!
Note the Hippy being carried in the duffel bag. At 15 years old, he deserved a ride
An original paint, privilege Jeep delivered 5-25-17
There may be better language but I think this is the best I can do to convey how I felt when Alan Jackson called and asked me to help him get a particular Jeep.
My shop goals in order are freedom, happiness and profitability and his request taxed the first and the third but maximized the second.
I had a plan for what I wanted to accomplish in my shop this Spring after the Dominican Laredo was finally done. Alan's request was far outside what I've been doing in my shop lately but he coaxed me slightly and I'm glad he did.
I'm often overdriven to run a one person Jeep shop and stay on the interstate hustling here and there to maximize distance vs time. It's hard to make a living doing this with all the insurance costs and the toll on my body but on its worst day, it's better than having a boss.
This Jeep and his requests were a bit of a diversion that slowed me down and took me down the back roads and everyone knows, those side trips are the most memorable.
It took a few months for me to get through this and along the way I reflected how his music had made me smile and I remembered good times.
A couple memories are:
...the radio tuned into the local country channel singing Chatahoochie late nights building trophy winning demolition derby cars with my buddy Crusher in our rented garages while we went to college.
Another is harmonizing along to his music with my best girl (and sometimes her little girl) in my 200k mile plus, proudly owned and lifted K10 Chevy pick-up bouncing and singing.
The privilege came in maybe returning the smiles to him with this Jeep and also in knowing he could ask anyone to do this for him and he thought I could deliver what he wanted. I understood it's to be used as a Jeep was intended as a get around vehicle on his farm.
It was named before I got there.
The name has meaning 3-fold to him and is the best name for a Jeep I've ever heard.
This calendar worthy photo was delivered to me from him the day after I left